April 5, 2014 |
An elaborate plan by Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids by pipeline across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook is running into resistance. The company's subsidiary, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., last month filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to sidestep local zoning restrictions to build pump and valve control stations in 31 municipalities crossed by the pipeline. Sunoco Pipeline argues that it is a "public utility corporation," and that the PUC can exempt the construction of the above-ground structure from local zoning if it determines the buildings are "reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public.
March 7, 2014 |
Pennsylvania is seeking $2.4 million in civil penalties against Sunoco Logistics Partners for alleged Clean Streams Law violations related to a November 2008 spill of 12,000 gallons of gasoline near Pittsburgh. The spill in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, killed virtually all the aquatic life in a three-mile stretch of Turtle Creek, according to a complaint filed Friday by the Department of Environmental Protection with the Environmental Hearing Board. The DEP said a valve in the company's eight-inch pipeline ruptured shortly after a maintenance crew worked at the site, near a strip mall on Route 22. The rupture unleashed a 20- to 30-foot geyser of gasoline.
February 5, 2014 |
Gerald J. DeFelicis, 86, of Haddon Township, a former commissioner there who retired in 1984 as a vice president of information systems at what is now Sunoco, died of complications from kidney failure Friday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. In retirement, Mr. DeFelicis, known as "Jerry," was a director of the former Community National Bank in Haddon Township from its founding in 1987 until 1998, daughter Thea McGovern said. He had been a director of First Colonial Community Bank in Collingswood since its founding in 2000.
January 27, 2014 |
WEST DEPTFORD Demolition crews blew up a 65-year-old refinery building in West Deptford on Saturday, startling South Jersey residents who heard the explosions. Some residents took their curiosity and alarm to social-media sites, seeking answers to "What was that?" Heavy demolition began at 9 a.m., said Jeff Shields, a spokesman for Sunoco, which owns the "fractionator" building. The structures were soon leveled, he said, and the work presented no danger to residents. "You had some blasts that destabilized the structure, and then they collapsed on themselves," he said.
January 22, 2014 |
IT COULD HAVE been worse - a lot worse. None of the seven CSX cars - six of them loaded with volatile crude oil - that derailed on the 128-year-old rail bridge over the Schuylkill between University City and Grays Ferry about 12:30 a.m. yesterday fell onto the busy expressway, which would have risked a fiery conflagration. And none of the oil-laden tanker cars - criticized by experts and environmentalists as too easy to rupture - broke open and spilled into the waterway as they tilted precariously, although the Coast Guard rushed a boat to the scene and placed booms across the river just in case.
December 19, 2013 |
Two major companies are planning moves - one of personnel within the region, one out of the Philadelphia region for the most part. Shrunken Sunoco Inc. is moving chief executive Robert Owens ' office and other headquarters jobs from the company's leased space at the Airport Business Complex in Lester, Tinicum Township, across Delaware County to two buildings the energy company has purchased at the Ellis Preserve development in...
December 11, 2013 |
AT 1:14 A.M. JULY 6, a warm Saturday morning, a runaway train carrying 35,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota careened into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. The wreck sent what one witness called "a tsunami of fire" into a packed nightclub, killing 47 people, five of whom were so badly incinerated that no trace of them could be found. And the shock waves were felt in Philadelphia, more than 500 miles away. Just three months earlier, South Philly's former Sunoco refinery, rebranded as Philadelphia Energy Solutions, had begun accepting more-than-a-mile-long trains, each with more than 100 of the same model tanker car that went to Lac-Megantic, each filled with the same North Dakota crude.
December 10, 2013 |
On Saturday, Philip Rinaldi dug into a plate of linguine Alfredo served at a South Philadelphia union banquet hall, where the chief executive officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions L.L.C. was among the guests of honor. At the banquet, Rinaldi received an award from United Steelworkers Local 10-1 for saving the jobs of hundreds of their members last year. His company bought refineries in South Philadelphia from Sunoco Inc. after it said it was getting out of the oil-refining business and selling - or shutting - its 1,500-acre facility on the Schuylkill.
December 6, 2013 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced on Wednesday it is seeking commitments from shippers for a separate and mostly new pipeline that would generally follow the path of its current cross-state Mariner East pipeline, which carries natural-gas liquid fuels from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook. The binding open season will test whether there is a market for project, which would be called Mariner East 2 and transport ethane and propane. The materials, primarily used in petrochemical production, are being exported from the former refinery site in Marcus Hook.
September 30, 2013 |
On a brisk and sunny January day, in front of an oil refinery's circular white storage tanks, at the intersection of two of South Jersey's busiest roadways, Steve Sweeney embarked on a political odyssey unlike anything the state had ever seen. His goal, he told reporters gathered for his news conference, was to use his powers as the state Senate president to make sure the large refinery behind him finally got cleaned of contamination. But Sweeney wasn't just standing at a rundown refinery as New Jersey's highest elected Democrat, whose on-again, off-again relationship with Republican Gov. Christie affected statewide policy.